Lo­cal stu­dents earn awards at FFA Con­ven­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff Re­port

WEST GROVE >> Ve­teri­nary sci­ence stu­dents from the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege High School (TCHS) Pen­nock’s Bridge Cam­pus took the bull by the horns at the 89th Na­tional Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica (FFA) Con­ven­tion & Expo.

Stu­dent Halle Becker (Oc­torara Area) re­ceived an in­di­vid­ual sil­ver award; Hope Weaver (Ox­ford Area), Olivia Wor­rall (Ox­ford Area) and Gabriella DiLossi (Ox­ford Area) all re­ceived in­di­vid­ual bronze awards and the team re­ceived an over­all bronze award in the Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Event. The Na­tional FFA Con­ven­tion & Expo was held in In­di­anapo­lis from Oct. 19-22.

“The Na­tional FFA pro­vides price­less op­por­tu­ni­ties to its mem­bers through Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Events like Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence,” said TCHS An­i­mal Sci­ence in­struc­tor Liz DiSa­batino. “Through this ex­pe­ri­ence the TCHS Pen­nock’s Bridge mem­bers were able to gain more knowl­edge in their field of study as well as de­velop their in­ter­per­sonal skills through in­ter­ac­tions with pro­fes­sion­als in the field of an­i­mal health.”

The Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Event is com­prised of seven events. These events in­clude a 100 ques­tion knowl­edge as­sess­ment; a 50-point math practicum; two sce­nario es­says; four han­dling practicums and four clin­i­cal practicums. The practicums in­clude tool, breed and dis­ease iden­ti­fi­ca­tion as well as a 10-minute team ac­tiv­ity, which con­sisted of a skit about the process of iden­ti­fy­ing, di­ag­nos­ing and treat­ing Sal­monel­losis in dairy cat­tle.

While the event was highly com­pet­i­tive for the stu­dents, it also of­fered an op­por­tu­nity for pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

“Ev­ery­one was very kind and it was amaz­ing to be around so many peo­ple from around the coun­try who share a love of agri­cul­ture,” said TCHS Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence stu­dent Olivia Wor­rall. “It was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to per­form un­der pres­sure and there were so many in­tel­li­gent peo­ple there to an­swer our ques­tions and give ad­vice. This ex­pe­ri­ence is one that I will never for­get.”

Wor­rall is a se­nior in the TCHS Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence pro­gram from the Ox­ford Area School Dis­trict. She is also the FFA vice president for TCHS Pen­nock’s Bridge.

Ac­cord­ing to TCHS Pen­nock’s Bridge prin­ci­pal Dr. Brian Hughes, the hard work of these stu­dents is part of a long stand­ing tra­di­tion of ex­cel­lence in the area of ve­teri­nary sci­ence.

“TCHS is so proud of what Gabriella, Hope, Olivia and Halle ac­com­plished both in­di­vid­u­ally and as a team,” said Hughes. “Their achieve­ment is a di­rect re­flec­tion on their hard work and the skills they are learn­ing from their in­struc­tors at TCHS Pen­nock’s Bridge. To be rec­og­nized on a na­tional scale re­in­forces that TCHS Pen­nock’s Bridge is turn­ing out world-class stu­dents.”

This year’s na­tional FFA Con­ven­tion & Expo was not the first time that Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence stu­dents from TCHS Pen­nock’s Bridge have won awards at this event. In 2013, TCHS stu­dents re­ceived gold and sil­ver awards and the 2013 team re­ceived an over­all sil­ver medal.

“I have wit­nessed tremen­dous mat­u­ra­tion in all of our FFA mem­bers through the lead­er­ship con­fer­ences and events that Penn­syl­va­nia FFA and Na­tional FFA pro­vide,” said DiSa­batino. “The stu­dents that take full ad­van­tage of FFA while in An­i­mal Sci­ence and Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence grad­u­ate with con­fi­dence that they are pre­pared for their fu­ture.”


The Tech­ni­cal Col­lege High School Pen­nock’s Bridge Ve­teri­nary Sci­ence team poses with their team bronze award at the Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica Na­tional Con­ven­tion & Expo. Pic­tured from left to right are: Gabriella DiLossi (Ox­ford Area School Dis­trict), Hope Weaver (Ox­ford Area School Dis­trict), Olivia Wor­rall (Ox­ford Area School Dis­trict) and Halle Becker (Oc­torara Area School Dis­trict).

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